Saturday, May 01, 2021

the Bloomingdale Farmers Market re-opens Sunday, 05-02-2021 > come get your strawberries!

From: "Markets & More" 

Subject: Strawberries! BFM reopens Sunday

Date: May 1, 2021 at 4:09:02 PM 


juicy strawberries ripening in Garners' field- .

Hi BFM Fans,

Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors  that we are open starting Sunday and we will have tons of strawberries and asparagus at Garner.  Reid turns itself into an impressive popup Plant Nursery for much of May --see the bottom of the email for more details.  Groff's Content has some new cuts of lamb and beef.  

Here is a sample of what we will have at market:

GARNERS PRODUCE: Always the first local strawberries, thanks to their Northern Neck Virginia microclimate. Asparagus.  Spring onions, scallions, garlic, carrots, kales, arugula, lettuces, beets, radishes, boc choi, chard, spinach, collards, their own grits, cornmeal, potted herbs and annuals and perennials.

TIP: Nothing says Spring like an asparagus omelette or frittata made with local asparagus, scallions, parsley and eggs.  Bernard showed me a  very tempting photograph of his own grits topped with asparagus. He also adds sausage but you do not have to. I will post it as soon as he emails it to me.

SHENANDOAH SEASONAL: Ali tells me they think they will have tomatoes in early June but right now the greens and lettuces are thriving.  Baby red Russian Kale, Siberian kale, curly kale, Blue Dazzle Dino kale, collards, Rainbow Chard, Vivid Choi, baby bok choi, purple mizuna, Tokyo bekana, Pea Shoots, Radish micro greens. Lettuces (magenta, romaine, lime oakleaf), arugula, zesty salad mix, lettuce mix,  Cherry Bell radish. I love their Chinese Sprouting Broccoli which it is hard to find. 

Tip: do not throw out those radish greens.  Saute them and serve with sliced radishes.

looking forward to seeing their spread of cow and goat milk and mixed milk cheeses.

KING MUSHROOMS: Dave tells me he is sending Oyster, King Trumpet, shiitake, porobellwo,chestnut and maitake this week. Also, tinctures, my favorite Hungarian Mushroom soup ....and marinated mushrooms

GROFF'S CONTENT:  Pork and beef and 11 pork sausages and lots and lots of lamb.  Lamb ideas:  Julie's special Leg of Lamb cut for two, Leg steaks for grilling, shoulder roasts, shoulder chops are great in a crockpot.  Have you tried the Denver Ribs -- Lamb spare ribs. Pork shoulder, chops, bacon, pork jowls. Julie told me everyone needs to try the thinly sliced "Fajita steak" The whole range of steaks and tons of ground beef.  Chicken and Duck Eggs. Turkey Lasagne and Turkey Pot Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Meatballs in Marinara, Bone Broths, Pork Liver Pate. Ham and White Bean soup.

Best ground meat mixture: I recommend mixing ground beef, lamb and pork for meatballs, meatloaf and burgers.  

CHINESE STREET MARKET: Yes, the dumplings and noodles and the spicy chile oils are back.! Porky and Chinese Celery, Chicken and corn and shiitakes, ,Veggie Medley & Tofu, Eggplant &  Chinese greens. Dandan Noodes. Special: Tsing rice cakes.  Big Steam pork buns, Pork soup dumplings. 

TIP: keep some packages in your freezer for meals you can put together in 10 minutes. 

NUMBER 1 SONS:  Ramp kraut, Clean kraut, Snow Miso Kimchi, Radish kimchi, Sons Kimchi, Kicky Kimchi, Gin Gingers daikons, Honey Habañero daikons Szechuan speak daikons, Dilly daikons, Masala beets, Golden beets, Giardiniera. Kombuchas( Turmeric TAng, Lavender Fizz, Original Ginger and a new seasonal flavor surprize.

CUCINA AL VOLO: Don't forget the Pasta!  Pasta Primavera with asparagus. Pappardelle wtih Arugula, Fettucine with market Shiitakes and asparagus. Or get a ravioli which cooks in 4 minutes.  I counted 12 different freshly dried pasta choices at their stand at 14&U today plus lasagne and eggplant lasagne and all their sauces.  

Freeze them --they go from freezer to simmering water to your plate in 5 minutes.  

This is their 10th anniversary.  DYK they started their bakery as a stand at the 14&U Farmers Market and then came to BFM?  

Andre says that they are already for your Mother's Day orders. He emailed me: 
If you need to ship Mom some cookies and/or pie – we’ve got you covered.  Visit our website to see all the gift options we offer:  Order by Sunday, May 2nd to give UPS enough time for nationwide shipping.
If you’d like to pick-up a pre-order from the farmers market, just email your order to:  The deadline for farmers market orders is 3:00 pm each Thursday.

Cookies: Chocolate Chip, Salty Oatmeal, Molasses Spice Hazelnut Swirl, Pretzel Cowboy, Snickerdoodle. Vegan: Chocolate Black Out, Lemon Poppyseed, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. Mexican Chocolate has no Gluten ingredients.
Pies: Apple Crumble, Bourbon Pecan, Lemon Coconut, Sea Salt Chocolate Chess, Salted Caramel Apple

PANORAMA:  Damien, their head baker (yes, he is French), will be running the stand Sunday and Rod will be back next week.  This week: baguettes, croissants (classic butter, chocolate, rain, almond), sourdoughs, multigrain, whole wheat, Plie, Danish, sticky buns, Breton Kouign Amann, palmier, turnover, quiches, bagels, strudle, bricohes, challah, brioche bun, ciabatta, French boule, French loaf, Foccaccia, Olive seed loaf, pumpernickel, rye, muffins, breakfast loaf, olive oil bun...

REID'S: Many many varietals of annuals and perennials.  Petunias, geranium, coleus, dahlias, zinnias,  marigolds, impatiens, sunflowers, achillea, guillardia, monarda, flox, heuchera, rudbeckia, agastache,shasta daisy, coreopsis,  Herbs include: 16 basils, cilantro, chives, coriander, sages, dill, 6 lavenders, cat grass, catnip, parsleys, sweet marjoram, 14 mints, lemon balm, chervil, lemon verbena, lovage, lemon grass, stevia, French tarragon, 5 thymes, 4 oreganos, 5 rosemarys. 30 types of tomatoes, 14 kinds of sweet peppers, 14 hot peppers.
Plus: Apple cider, apple sauce, canned peaches, apple and fruit butter, honey and maple syrup from neighbors.

What is the market like this year?  Full of Spring bounty.

For now,  DC farmers markets have to follow the same rules as last year: please remember your mask--DC requires it.

Looking forward to seeing eveyone in person.

Robin and Ted

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